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Observations from The Grand Lake Bum



Random Observations From The Grand Lake Bum

Welcome to the last weekend of September on beautiful Grand Lake.  Can you believe it?  September zipped past faster than the summer months!  If you aren’t already worn slick from all the lake area festivals in the last few weeks, there are three more this weekend – the Pelican Festival in Grove, the South Grand Lake Lions Club Chili Cookoff in Langley, and the big celebration of Langley’s 75th birthday!  Gear up, Grand Lakers.  You can DO it!


Don’t forget to plan ahead for the big Monkey Island Halloween Boat Parade. Call in your entry as soon as you can. Decorated boats with costumed crew will be on display Saturday, October 25 at The Landings, followed by the parade and judging of the boats.  Call Joanie Higgins at 918-257-1060 for details and to enter your boat in this fun fall competition/show.


I realize people can sometimes get so involved in their work that it dramatically impacts the rest of their life, but this is the best. Jonathan Thomas was charged with DUI and disorderly conduct in Washington Township, Indiana after driving through two backyards and getting his vehicle stuck in the second. Wait.  It gets better. Police reported that Thomas "showed his teeth to officers" and later "growled" at hospital security staff. Thomas' day job is director of the Porter County Animal Shelter.


With the continuing hubbub in this country about insurance, folks are always trying to compare us to Canada and European countries; but I ran across some news about insurance coverage in China that seems to be something we should consider in the good ol’ USA. People's Insurance Group, for example, will pay out in case a customer's children display disappointingly "mischievous and destructive" habits. My favorite is the offering from the Ping An Insurance Group which offers an "accidental pregnancy before honeymoon" policy. It is also one of three Chinese companies that competed to sell couples compensation in case a marriage is disrupted by a "concubine." You can never tell what might break out during a honeymoon, you know.


I ran across another good idea for a Grand Lake business…maybe.  In Bradenton, Florida, a coffee shop has a booming business due to the attire of their waitresses and marketing team – bikinis.  The girls working at the shop wear bikinis, and the girls holding directional promotional signs out on the highway wear bikinis, too.  Some sourpusses are trying to get the city fathers to ban the fun, of course. “This does not shine a good light on Bradenton,” said the leader of the protest group.  “We don’t need this here.”  Excuse me. Isn’t it FLORIDA?  I thought Florida was just another word for bikinis.


When you’re sitting around on a commercial airliner with nothing to do, be careful – especially if you’re a doodler.  In Melbourne, Australia, Oliver Buckworth was kicked off a Tiger Airways flight when another passenger reported his “suspicious doodling.” Ironically, as Buckworth explained, he had just finished his doodles and random thoughts with a concluding sentence “about the absurdity of the fearmongering when we live in such a happy country of ice cream, beaches and fluffy things.”  Hmm. Maybe not so much, anymore.

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If you think that’s bad, watch this!  Either we’re going to found out which European girls are natural blondes, or the ones who are faking it are going to have to put forth a lot more effort.  Under a new anti-terrorist law, a government issued photo ID permit is now required to purchase several potential multi-use products – including the strongest hair bleach.  “Is it real or is it Clairol?  Now, only their hairdresser and the government agents will know for sure.”


I’m not exactly sure if it’s one of the signs of the Apocalypse, but if it’s not, it should be.  A Russian company called Oasis has purchased the brewer of Pabst Blue Ribbon and Lone Star Beer.  That brings a whole new meaning to that “whole other country” line they like to use in Texas.  I knew they were still talking about seceding from the U.S., but I didn’t know until now where they were going.  The deal is estimated to be worth a price equivalent to 70,000,000 twelve-packs of Lone Star.  My buddy the ‘Spout and I are worried about our pal, Dougie, chief collector of the Lone Star caps with the riddles inside.  We’re afraid he’s going to have to learn Russian to complete his collection.


MOST UNFORTUNATE front page headline typo, screaming across the top of the school newspaper at Salesian College, Farnborough, Hampshire, England:  “Educational Opportunity’s!” Oops.

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS:  Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Juli Miller, Susan Jones, Kathy Stoops, Nathan Pitts, Gay Cornell, Fred Northrop, Tim McCrary, Jill Kelly, Carl Fiddner, Danny Head and Chris Merillat.  Congratulations to my pals Kendra Montana and Thomas McGeady.  Wedding bells for them over the past weekend. Congratulations, too, to the culinary crews at Indigo Sky Casino and the Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda.  Indigo Sky won the “Supreme Cuisine” award from judges at the annual Taste of Grand event last weekend.  The Quarterdeck team was the “People’s Choice!”  Great turnout, great party, great cause!


UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  What if you’re in hell and you get mad at someone?  Where do you tell them to go?


BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: The Annual Pelican Festival is in Grove Friday & Saturday, with the Pelican Festival ParadeSaturday morning.  Saturday is also the South Grand Lake Lions Club Chili Cook-off from 11-2 at Langley Ball Fields coinciding with Langley’s 75th Birthday celebration featuring daylong festivities and a street dance with music by the great Don White at 6:00. It’s also Club Championship Weekend at Shangri-La Golf Club with new men’s and women’s Club Champions to be crowned Sundayafternoon following two days of play in the 36-hole Championship Tournament. Wednesday, October 1 – Cari Williams celebrates her 60th as the year’s first Guest Chef at The Shebang.  Great chicken fried steak by Cari and great music by Clint Walker.

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GRAND LAKE WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: There’s outstanding musical entertainment all around the Grand Lake area this weekend – and on into next week.

On Monkey Island, the music begins Friday night at 7:00 at Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina with D.J. action and karaoke from Larry Bolton. Saturday night, the talented Randy Lunsford will entertain at Island Joe’s.

At The Shebang, YOU are the entertainment, of course, with Friday and Saturday night karaoke fun on the Balcony Bar. Wednesday, October 1 kicks of the 2014-2015 “Guest Chef” series at Shebang with birthday girl Cari Williams cooking up chicken fried steak. Live music will be provided by the talented Clint Walker.  Reservations are a must for that event.

There’s always great music and dancing at Monkey Island Pub, The Road Hog and, on Saturday night, Big Shots Rhythm & Booze.

On South Grand Lake, Saturday night should be a really fun night at Pickles at the Lake in Langley, with live music by Lickitty Split. Also in Langley, Don White will perform at 6:00 Saturday for a street dance as part of the community’s 75th Anniversary celebration.

Area casinos have a great weekend of music lined up, too, beginning Wednesday night at Indigo Sky Casino’s Echo Bar with Travis Kidd, followed by Darryl Perry Thursday night, the Uncrowned Kings Friday night, and Brent Baker Saturday night. There’s great music at Buffalo Run Casino, too, with Another Alibi on stage at Trailer Park Bar & Grill Friday and Saturday night. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, Friday night musical entertainment will be provided by Fun House, with Darryl Perry taking the stageSaturday night.

The best spots to catch the NFL and college football, and NASCAR action are Island Joe’s Kentena at Shangri-La Marina, the Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La, Hookers at Cherokee Yacht Club, Aqua Bar & Grill at The Landings Marina, Ugly’s Grill & Bar at Thunder Bay Marina, Pickles at the Lake in Langley, and JJ’s Wing ‘N’ It in Grove.  Enjoy!


BUM MUST-SEE TV: Mysteries of Laura at 7:00 Wednesdays on NBC and Brooklyn Nine Nine Sundays at 7:30 on Fox.



QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer


SAVE THE DATE:  Friday, October 3 – Doobie Brothers Concert at Downstream Casino. Sunday, October 5 – Jim Beam Folds of Honor Golf Tournament at Shangri-La.  Friday, October 10 - American Red Cross Drive for Disaster Golf Tournament at Patricia Island. Saturday, October 11 – Grand Lake Fall Festival and Food Truck Rally in downtown Grove.


In the TV sports world, there’s lots of college football on the schedule, of course, but not the Sooners this week.  OU is idle. Oklahoma State kicks off the college football week with a big Thursday night game in Stillwater hosting the Texas Tech Red Raiders (6:30 on ESPN).  UCLA faces Arizona in a battle of ranked teams later that night (9:00 on Fox Sports 1). If you have access to ESPNews, you can catch the Tulsa Golden Hurricane Saturday night at 7:00 as they host Texas State.  Saturday’s other big games include a 2:30 CBS telecast of the Arkansas Razorbacks and Texas A&M Aggies, Tennessee at Georgia (11:00 on ESPN), TCU at SMU (11:00 on CBS Sports Network), Texas at Kansas (3:00 on Fox Sports 1), Missouri at South Carolina (6:00 on ESPN), Baylor at Iowa State (7:00 on Fox) and Notre Dame at Syracuse (7:00 on ABC).  Saturday night’s big late game features Oregon State at USC (9:30 on ESPN).

It’s Week #4 in the NFL, kicking off Thursday night with Washington hosting the New York Giants (7:30 on CBS).  It’s nighttime action for the area’s two favorite teams. New Orleans is at Dallas Sunday night (7:30 on NBC); and Monday Night Football features the New England Patriots at the Kansas City Chiefs (7:30 on ESPN).

NASCAR Sprint Cup action is Sunday afternoon again this week in the final race of the Challenger Round.  Coverage of the AAA 400 gets underway from Dover Sunday at 1:00 on ESPN.

PGA fans will have to either stay up late or get up early to catch live action this week. Ryder Cup play begins in the middle of the nightThursday night/Friday morning – still in the United Kingdom - Scotland.  Coverage begins on the Golf Channel at 1:30 a.m. Friday. Replay of the day at 5:00 Friday afternoon. Saturday coverage is from 2:00 a.m. ‘til noon on NBC and 7:00 p.m. on the Golf Channel.  Sunday is a little more civilized – 6:00 a.m. ‘til noon on NBC and 6:00 p.m. on the Golf Channel.  Monday coverage is only on the Golf Channel beginning at 11:00 a.m.


The only Grand Lake weather that looks better than last weekend is the one just ahead.  No rain, sunshine, a little breeze and highs in the mid-80s every day.  It doesn’t get any better than that for those of who truly love all things outdoors.  Enjoy the lake and all it has to offer, my friends. Tip well, and remember…wherever you decided to party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you.  It could be me.



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Looking for places to go, things to do, services to use or property to buy in the Grand Lake area?  Here’s a starter kit listing of “open to the public” fun places to spend time at Grand Lake.


American Grill in Grove

Aquabar & Grill at The Landings Marina on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Artichoke Restaurant & Bar in Langley (smoking in the bar)

Big Shots on Monkey Island (smoking upstairs—open Friday & Saturday nights)

Book ‘ems at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Buffalo Bar at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patios)

Buffalo Run Casino in Miami (smoking)

Carlos Montez in Langley (smoking in bar)

Ceasar’s Place in Vinita and on Monkey Island

Chicken Coop in Langley

Clanton’s Café in Vinita

Docks Bar at Harbors View Marina

Downstream Casino in Quapaw (smoking)

Drake’s Restaurant in Grove

Frosty & Edna’s (west of the dam in Langley)

Grand Lake Burrito in Ketchum

Grand Lake Casino, north of Grove on Highway 10 (smoking)

Grand Lodge in Ketchum (smoking)

High Winds Casino east of Miami (smoking)

Indigo Sky Casino west of Seneca, Mo. (smoking)

Iron Frog (Grove)

Island Joe's Kentena at Shangri-La Marina (smoking)

J.J.’s Wing ‘N’ It in Downtown Grove

J.R. Spanky's on Highway 10 north of Grove (smoking)

Karrie's Kaboose in Vinita (smoking)

Kelly’s Bar & Deli at Red Arrow Marina

La Casita de Martin in Grove

Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum

Los Garcias in Langley

Lupe's Mexican Restaurant in Grove

Monkey Island Pub (Smoking)

Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney (smoking, etc.)

Napoli’s Italian Restaurant (Langley)

Nu Taste Restaurant in Grove

Okie Smokies Barbecue in Grove on Hwy 59 South

Ozzie's on Monkey Island (smoking on the deck)

Book ‘ems Restaurant & Pub at South Wind Marina in Bernice

Pensacola Pizza & Pasta in Langley  (smoking on patio only)

Pickles at the Lake in Langley

Quarterdeck Cafe at Tera Miranda Harbor (smoking on the deck)

Rancho Viejo in Grove

Road Hog Saloon at the entrance to Monkey Island (smoking...but not at lunch)

Rusty Anchor (next to the cliffs at Dripping Springs)

Scooters in Langley (smoking)

Sharky’s at Hammerhead Marina (smoking)

Smokin’ Spur BBQ & Trading Post at Old Towne Plaza, Cleora

Stuffn’s Restaurant in Ketchum (Smoking on patio)

Summerside Winery in Vinita

Summit Restaurant at Shangri-La on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Grill at Indian Hills Resort & Marina in Bernice

The Landings Marina (smoking on the deck)

The Landings Market and Grill on Monkey Island (smoking on the patio)

The Parrot at Honey Creek Landing in Grove (Smoking on the patio)

The Office on Monkey Island (smoking)

The Stables Casino in Miami (smoking)

The Shebang on Monkey Island (smoking on patio and Balcony Bar)

Trail’s End Barbecue in Grove

Ugly’s Grill & Bar, Thunder Bay Marina (smoking)

VIP Pizza at Hammerhead Marina (smoking on deck)

Water Side Bar & Grill in Grove

Waterway Café, Harbors View Marina (smoking on breakwater dining deck)

Wyandotte Nation Casino at Twin Bridges (smoking)

Your Place (Grove Main Street)